The first hour was
boring. Period. I did not enjoy Anne's travels in New York,
nor do I think it was necessary, in order for her to meet Garrison.
The second part of the show was the wedding. I think a whole hour
could have been spent on that, but we got maybe ten minutes. A
chuckle when the tent falls on top of them was not enough to liven the
situation. It was only when Anne gets to France that things start
to liven up. But I would not call this Anne of Green Gables.
It was a good World War I drama, but not Anne.
In the years between the last one and this installment, Anne
has lost some of her charm. She has lost her giggles, her incessant
talking, and her blessed innocence. I can forgive the last one, because
she is older. But she seems to have lost all creativity with it.
She doesn't have the energy she used to have, and I don't think that's
right, even five years after Mirella's death.
In New York, Gilbert becomes disillusioned with the hospital
when he discovers they prefer teaching over saving people's lives or comfort.
Anne gets disillusioned when the publishing company she works for tries
to publish a book she co-wrote under the man's name. The man who
is in love with her, Jack Garrison. So they return to Prince Edward
Island, where Gilbert feels restless, because all the other men have gone
overseas to fight in the War.
I enjoy World War I dramas, as evidenced by my enjoyment of the Young
Indiana Jones Chronicles. And the story in part two is a very
enjoyable two hours in France and London. Anne comes across Garrison,
and his son and lover. But Garrison has to go back to the front.
Anne just barely misses Gilbert as a bomb explodes in the middle of the
red cross camp. They have to evacuate, but Garrison's lover has died.
Anne is left with the child. In the next camp, she discovers Diana's
husband Fred, and manages to get him shipped to London, where they stay
in an apartment that Garrison had set up for his son. Anne spends
so much time with the child that we just know that she will end up keeping
But the question remains, where is Gilbert? Garrison contacts
Anne, saying that he is trying to find Gill at the same time as he is doing
his work. She meanwhile gets a job at a local newspaper, and excels
immediately, getting the front page column at least once. But the
editor is selling Garrison's codes to the enemy, and is looking for Garrison,
who knows this. He is after Garrison's child, probably to blackmail
Anne departs to meet with Garrison's family in Belgium, where
she gives up the child. Garrison shows her a medical record signed
by Gilbert, and they enter Germany as the Armistice is being signed.
Anarchy is reigning, but in a chance encounter with some fellow travelers,
Anne gets up on stage to sing a happy/ sad song. And there in the
audience... is Gilbert. Their eyes meet, and it is really a tearful
moment as they are reunited.
Garrison is killed by the newspaper editor's men on the way out
of Germany, and his family doesn't want the child, so Anne and Gilbert
adopt him. It is really heartwarming to see Anne peek around the
corner at the child at the train station, just as Mathew did so many years
ago at her, an orphan herself.
But I disagree with the wedding scene. It was just too
short. And Diana has turned into a rich whiner, until the end.
With her inheritance, it is never explained why she has to sell the house.
Perhaps it was just for the sanity of the family.
After the first hour, I was ready to give the story a failing
grade, but I wonder now if that was because it wasn't what I was expecting.
The second hour was better, and the third and fourth hours, if taken by
themselves, would take four stars.
Regardless, I think they should have spent much more time on
the relationships between PEI friends, rather than developing a potential
love interest for Anne, and keeping her separate from Gilbert for so long.
Rachel was wasted, as was a lot of the footage of Green Gables. I
would think that "starting over" would mean finishing up the job of restoring
Green Gables, and starting a family there, not moving out of town.
The film tries to have some resolution regarding the house, but I think
it fails to do it justice.
A good drama, but not true Anne.